Cameron Saemann
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Starhawk79 reviewed on 15 Nov 2010
iTunes unfortunately does not convert and tag DVDs like it does CDs, but no worry, that's where Handbrake and iDentify come in. I convert my DVDs using Handbrake, but they would be a mess of untagged, ugly files without iDentify. I'm so glad this program is around, and I sincerely appreciate the developer's hard work on it. My iTunes, Mac, and iOS devices are better because of it.
[Version 335]



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Starhawk79 reviewed on 11 Sep 2009
Awesome! Thanks for the update!
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Starhawk79 reviewed on 30 Aug 2009
An absolute must have. Much better than Apple's built in h.264 encoder and works fantastic when exporting from Quicktime with programs like iMovie.
[Version 1.1.1]



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Starhawk79 commented on 30 Aug 2009
Will this be updated with newer versions of x264 to take advantage of VBV Lookahead?
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Starhawk79 had trouble on 09 Nov 2009
Once again, thanks for keeping this updated!

I've had one issue with this plugin since updating Snow Leopard. I mainly export out of iMovie, and when doing so, using x264 produces video that is darker than any of the other choices (h.264, motion jpeg, etc). This difference is noticeable when playing back through both Quicktime and VLC.

I know there was a gamma change in Snow Leopard, so Im not sure if the problem is with OSX, x264, or this particular plugin. Any ideas on what is causing this?

I have just updated to 10.6.2 and x264 still produces darker video in comparison.
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Starhawk79 commented on 10 Nov 2009
Im mainly using SD in America so I tried the 6-1-6 atom and still have the issue. Im a bit at a loss as to where the problem is; x264 output on QTX is Dark, on VLC is even Darker, and on QT7 it looks pretty good!

Maybe these images can convey what I am seeing:

h.264 QTX vs x264 QTX: http://img.skitch.com/20091110-gnmnupa4249qrix9tkn7ukpcrc.jpg

h.264 QTX vs x264 VLC: http://img.skitch.com/20091110-fw7us894uje8js2br4batreeex.jpg

h.264 QTX vs x264 QTX 6-1-6:http://img.skitch.com/20091110-1d79sjwwqc95e1dy4hsnq39jeh.jpg

h.264 QT7 vs x264 QT7:http://img.skitch.com/20091110-jwtejgapcj52q86bssuc8isiy3.jpg

All images captured running Snow Leopard 10.6.2 with default Color LCD Display profile.
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Starhawk79 commented on 12 Nov 2009
Sure! Can you provide me with your email address? I could not find it on your site.
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Starhawk79 commented on 12 Nov 2009
Here you go. I'll just give you the links through here. Im not sure if this is the best test footage, just what I had in front of me first.

These were both encoded using iMovie '09 8.0.5 on MacOSX 10.6.2. The x264 file with x264 1.1.7 with default settings and h.264 file with built-in Quicktime h.264 with default settings.

x264 Encode Test-No nclc atom: http://dl.dropbox.com/u/277171/x264%20Encode%20Test%20-%20No%20nclc%20atom.mov

h.264 Encode Test (for comparison): http://dl.dropbox.com/u/277171/h264%20Encode%20Test.mov

I did not notice this difference until I upgraded to Snow Leopard.
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Starhawk79 commented on 12 Nov 2009
What's funny is that I started viewing the x264 file I uploaded through my browsers. It looks fine in Safari and looks really dark in Firefox.
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Starhawk79 commented on 12 Nov 2009
Sure: http://dl.dropbox.com/u/277171/x264%20Encode%20Test%206-1-6.mov
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Starhawk79 commented on 12 Nov 2009
Forget what I said earlier about the file looking good in Safari. My mistake. The video is dark in both Safari and Firefox, regardless of the 6-1-6 atom being included.
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Starhawk79 commented on 12 Nov 2009
Ok, I think I may have figured out what is going on, and it looks like it's not x264.

If I were to go to the x264 settings, I would notice that the preview window was much darker than the source file: http://img.skitch.com/20091113-exj43gmr26386griduc2abquxe.jpg

Switching to h.264 (or any other choice) showed a preview window much closer to the original source: http://img.skitch.com/20091113-ns842yu76qws2fskm1hxtkfay9.jpg

So, right now Im thinking the x264 file will be darker than the h.264. This IS true and what my original pictures above showed.

But in reality, what is happening is h.264 is actually producing video that is LIGHTER than the source! I was able to go through iMovie package files to find the source and compare: http://img.skitch.com/20091113-8wx6km4b2hasuiujrm3scw3qri.jpg
http://img.skitch.com/20091113-qnfp9tu3b1itmjaxyhjn56kbkp.jpg

What threw me off was the preview window. x264's preview window is darker than the source, but exports OK. h.264's preview window looks OK, but exports video that is lighter than the source.

Does that make sense? Thank you for looking over this with me, and for always keeping this Quicktime plugin up to date!
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